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37 Things You’ll Regret When You’re Old

They say youth is wasted on the young. Are you wasting yours?

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1. Not traveling when you had the chance.

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Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and need to pay the way for three-plus people instead of just yourself.


7. Failing to make physical fitness a priority.

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Too many of us spend the physical peak of our lives on the couch. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, you'll dream of what you could have done.


9. Not quitting a terrible job.

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Look, you gotta pay the bills. But if you don't make a plan to improve your situation, you might wake up one day having spent 40 years in hell.

10. Not trying harder in school.

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It's not just that your grades play a role in determining where you end up in life. Eventually you'll realize how neat it was to get to spend all day learning, and wish you'd paid more attention.


20. Not volunteering enough.

OK, so you probably won't regret not volunteering Hunger Games style, but nearing the end of one's life without having helped to make the world a better place is a great source of sadness for many.

22. Missing the chance to ask your grandparents questions before they die.

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Most of us realize too late what an awesome resource grandparents are. They can explain everything you'll ever wonder about where you came from, but only if you ask them in time.


24. Not learning how to cook at least one awesome meal.

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Knowing one drool-worthy meal will make all those dinner parties and celebrations that much more special.

29. Refusing to let friendships run their course.

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People grow apart. Clinging to what was, instead of acknowledging that things have changed, can be a source of ongoing agitation and sadness.

32. Not taking the time to develop contacts and network.

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Networking may seem like a bunch of crap when you're young, but later on it becomes clear that it's how so many jobs are won.

36. Never performing in front of others.

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This isn't a regret for everyone, but many elderly people wish they knew — just once — what it was like to stand in front of a crowd and show off their talents.

37. Not being grateful sooner.


It can be hard to see in the beginning, but eventually it becomes clear that every moment on this earth — from the mundane to the amazing — is a gift that we're all so incredibly lucky to share.


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